ESPN Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
250 Reviews
3.9
250 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
John Skipper
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get what you need and get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big name on your resume to build a career off of.

    Cons

    Location, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Hard Play Hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor

    Pros

    Elite event access, fair wages, fringe benefits that make it really worth putting in the extra effort

    Cons

    Monolithic hierarchy makes it hard for new employees to gain responsibility and credibility, long hours, relentless commitment to excellence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give newbies a shot at real responsibility, especially temps and interns

  3.  

    Best company I have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scout
    Former Employee - Scout

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company that provides sports information to college teams and websites.

    Cons

    Smaller company so HR questions were not immediately answered, but were within a few days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Awesome time working at this cutting edge company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Video Production  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Video Production in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work in a fast-paced environment with a collaborative staff and engaging managers.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up quickly with the huge amount of full time staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a decent environment - too much hierarchical issues IMO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    It was interesting to work at a place like ESPN; defintely cool to see how the stuff you see on television gets made in person.

    Cons

    I thought there were too many heirarchical issues - low man on the totem pole will get the axe even if the problem had nothing to do with them, but I guess that's just corporate America.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, horrible HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    Cons

    HR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Its a job...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Telling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    Cons

    The work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technical Operator in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Having to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed working as an intern for the ESPY awards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESPY Green Team Coordinator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - ESPY Green Team Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work experience and pay
    Get to be around well-known people with experience

    Cons

    Crazy hours and schedule
    Not enough rest time during work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ESPN is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT- Contract  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - IT- Contract in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
     - Beautiful offices
     - Love sports enthusiasts

    Cons

    - Contract positions have end dates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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